Friday, January 05, 2007

Further Reading.

Further reading. :-

Wikipedia article on the Black Country.
Locating the Black Country in place and time. 'The area is popularly said to have got its name because of pollution from these heavy industries, which covered the area in black soot and led to the name of The Black Country. There is a famous but dubious anecdote about Queen Victoria ordering the blinds lowered on her carriage as the royal train passed through the area. However, historians have suggested that it is more likely that the name was given earlier, arising from above-ground outcroppings of black coal seams that scarred the early heathland. Also, the coal seam just below the surface meant the soil in the area was very black...'

"Ow we spake" (Black Country dialect dictionary).
The unusual local dialect is one thing that the Black Country is most famous for. Linguists believe that Black Country English is closer to Middle English than other English dialects. Part of the Ancient Manor of Sedgley website, which has a wealth of historical information, photographs etc. (Many of the links on this weblog come from this website).
Further reading at Wolverhampton researches Black Country dialect.

Lives of local people.
'These are articles about the lives of local people who lived or worked in Wolverhampton or the surrounding area.' A large collection of further reminiscences of Black Country life. Of particular relevance - childhood reminiscences of Penn. But don't miss five generations of a lock-making family 1758-1901.

Histories of local areas.
Includes some articles on relevant locations :-
Darlaston in old postcards, part of a series of articles about Darlaston.
Growing up on Penn Common, part of a series of articles about Penn.

Old photographs and images of Wolverhampton.
Don't miss - the Staffordshire Yeomanry 1909-1914, old adverts and postcards, Wolverhampton in the 1960s and 1970s.

Wolverhampton's listed buildings.
Notable local architecture.

Wolverhampton war memorials.

Guide to Black Country and Birmingham canals.
The canal system played a major role in the industial development of the region, and are an interesting aspect of its industrial archaeology.


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